A few years I was in a poetry class at PCC. That was actually when I really started writing poetry, by the way. But anyways, on to my point...
A poet visited one of our classes. Some of his poems were about heart ache, and someone asked him if he'd gotten over the girl who the poems were about. He said, "A poet can never really get over pain. We have to hang on to it for our poems."
I disagree. Yes, pain and grief can bring about poetry, but we shouldn't hang on to it unnecessarily. Why suffer needlessly? Poems that come from joy can be just as good as the poems that come from pain.
In case you're wondering, this memory came to mind and I decided to write it down because I'm feeling somewhat depressed.